Iowa Interstate Railroad Supports Adoption of USMCA

Iowa Interstate Railroad (IAIS) President and CEO, Joe Parsons said, “IAIS has conferred with customers in Iowa and Illinois to evaluate the impacts of the proposed U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on their business and on economic opportunities in the communities we serve.  Based on those conversations, IAIS is supportive of the enactment of USMCA.” “Iowa Interstate … [Read More]

GE Transportation, Iowa Interstate Railroad (IAIS) Announce Locomotive Order

Iowa Interstate Railroad, Ltd. (a wholly owned subsidiary of RDC Domestic Holdings Corporation, an affiliate of Railroad Development Corporation of Pittsburgh, PA) announced today it will acquire three new Evolution™ Series locomotives from GE Transportation. The locomotives will be produced in early 2020 and used to transport grains, ethanol, metals and more across Iowa Interstate’s … [Read More]

Joe Parsons Promoted to President and CEO

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, September 21, 2018; Iowa Interstate Railroad, Ltd. announces the promotion of Joe Parsons from General Manager to President and CEO of the Iowa Interstate Railroad. Joe Parsons joined Iowa Interstate in September of 2013 as Chief Operating Officer; he was promoted to General Manager in 2017. As President and CEO, Parsons is … [Read More]

Watco Partners with IAIS to Develop the Council Bluffs Terminal

Watco has partnered with the regional railroad Iowa Interstate Railroad (IAIS) to develop the Council Bluffs Terminal in Iowa. The terminal is served by the Iowa Interstate Railroad and has access to all Class I carriers as well as easy access to I-80 and I-29. Commodities handled at the terminal include lumber, steel, shingles, ethanol, … [Read More]

Iowa Interstate Railroad Announces Leadership Transition

The Iowa Interstate Railroad today announced the promotion of Joseph ”Joe” Parsons to the newly-created position of General Manager, concurrent with the retirement of Jerome P. “Jerry” Lipka from the position of President. IAIS Chairman Henry Posner III commented, “The Board has been focused, second only to Safety, on the creation of an environment conducive … [Read More]

Al Satunas Accepts Position of Chief Operating Officer

The Iowa Interstate Railroad is pleased to announce that Al Satunas has accepted the position of Chief Operating Officer, reporting to Joe Parsons, General Manager effective immediately. The COO is responsible for the overall management of the Transportation, Engineering, Locomotive and Mechanical departments. Al will be headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Al began his employment … [Read More]

Joe Parsons promoted to Executive VP and Chief Operating Officer

Joe Parsons has been promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Joe began his employment with us on September 16, 2013 as the Chief Operating Officer. As of January 1 this year, Joe had been given the responsibility of overseeing the Engineering Department in addition to the overall management of the Transportation, Safety, … [Read More]

Scott Woodward

Scott Woodward Retires

Scott F. Woodward retired as Chief Engineer from the Iowa Interstate Railroad on December 16, 2016. Scott joined the Iowa Interstate in 2004 as an Engineer, Maintenance of Way; he was rapidly promoted to Asst. Chief Engineer and subsequently appointed as Chief Engineer on January 1, 2012. Scott began his railroad career as a Trackman … [Read More]

Rob Wolfe

Rob Wolfe Retires

Rob Wolfe began his railroading career with the Rock Island Railroad in 1977 as a clerk/operator in West Liberty, Iowa and recently retired from IAIS in November 2016 as a Customer Service Representative.  Rob’s railroading career included working for the Iowa Railroad Company and the St Louis Southwestern Railroad before coming to Iowa Interstate Railroad.  Some … [Read More]

Iowa Interstate Railroad moves massive Wind Blades

Thursday, May 5th, marked a first for Iowa Interstate Railroad as wind blades from TPI Composites departed Newton, IA by rail.  Thirty blades, measuring 56.9 meters each, were loaded one blade per two platform flat cars.  After inspection, the cars left Newton and proceeded to the Union Pacific in Des Moines to continue their journey … [Read More]